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This is a M42 helmet, which has been post-war repainted by a re-enactor. However the helmet retains its original liner. The re-enactor has added an original wartime helmet net with hooks and a high quality reproduction chinstrap. The shell has visible size stamp "66" and a batch number "1396"
This is a MKII paratrooper helmet with the webbing chinstrap, which was first introduced in 1944, first being worn on Operation Market Garden. The shell has been post-war repainted probably in the 1950's. However you can see the original wartime finish on the inside of the shell. Which has been personalised by the original owner who has put his last three numbers of his army service number "163". The liner is maker marked "BMB" for Briggs Motor Bodies, size stamped 7.3/8 and dated 1944.
The MkIII helmet was first developed by the medical research council in 1941 on behalf of the British army. The MKIII was first worn in combat by Canadian and British troops on D-Day. The helmet is more commonly referred to as the Turtle Shell due to its resemblance to the animal. This example is in good condition, retaining over 75% of its original finish.. The liner is size stamped 7 and dated 1945.
The MKIII helmet was first developed by the medical research council in 1941 on behalf of the British army. The MKIII was first worn in combat by Canadian and British troops on D-Day. It is commonly referred to as the Turtle shell due to its resemblance to the animal. This example is in very good condition retaining its original green finish, and comes with a period camouflage netting. The liner is maker marked "T.T.C" for Teddy Toy Co.LTD and dated 1944.
The MKIII helmet was first developed by the medical research council in 1941 on behalf of the British army. The MKIII was first worn in combat by Canadian and British troops on D-Day. This example is painted black indicating it may have been used on the Home front, possibly by Air Raid Wardens, National Fire Service or the Police. The helmet is in very good condition, the liner is size stamped 7, however there are no other visible markings.
This is a rare Canadian made version of the British Tankers helmet worn by the Royal Armoured Regiment. The Canadians started to produce their version in the summer of 1940 resulting in 12,000 helmets being manufactured. The helmet is made of cloth covered cork, with rubber air vents and a webbing liner suspension. The helmet was attached to a leather scrum attached by laces and buttons which held the earphones. The helmets where never issued overseas and where only used for training and remained in Canadian service to 1966. This example is in excellent condition and comes with the leather scrum. The inside of the helmet is stamped with the Canadian WD acceptance stamp.
This is a very nice MK1 brodie shell which is maker marked "B.S." for W.Beardmore & Co.Ltd of Glasgow, who produce the MK1 helmets between 1916 to 1919. The liner and chinstrap are a high quality modern replacement.
An extremely nice example of an army MKII helmet, retaining most of its original finish. The shell is maker marked "ROC" for Rubery Owen & Co Ltd and dated 1940. The liner is maker marked "BMB" for Briggs Motor Bodies, size stamped 7.1/4 and dated 1940.
This is a very good example of a National Fire Service helmet. The NFS marking is crisp and clear, however the force HQ number has partially worn away. The Force HQ number is either 13 for Hethersett which came under the regional HQ of Cambridge. Or its number 17 for Bristol. The shell is maker marked "HBH" for Harrison Brothers & Howson and dated 1938. The liner is maker marked "BMB" for Briggs Motor Bodies, size stamped 7.1/2 and dated 1939.
A very good example of a civilian protective helmet more commonly known as the Zuckerman Helmet, named after the South African born government scientist who designed the helmet, Solly Zuckerman. The helmet could be brought by civilians for five shillings ( 25 pence ).
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